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Manchester firm Pannone stands to win thousands of new personal injury cases a year after being appointed to handle all of insurance broker Marsh's uninsured loss recovery (ULR) claims.
The appointment comes on the back of Pannone's merger with local personal injury practice Johnson Yates in November 2005. Pannone became a major shareholder in Johnson Yates Ltd, created to manage ULR work following the merger, which will run the Marsh project. The new scheme has been drawn up by Pannone partner David Johnson, who advised Marsh while a partner at Johnson Yates.
Johnson Yates Ltd will handle all of the ULR claims generated by Marsh's corporate clients, which include Eddie Stobart, Securitas and Northgate. If an incident takes place that is the fault of a third party, the client's insurers can go to Johnson Yates to have the claim handled.
Pannone will pick up the personal injury side of the work, for example, if an Eddie Stobart driver is injured in an accident. The number of claims expected to be generated could run into the thousands.
Marsh's personal injury panel also includes Scottish firms Biggart Baillie and Clark Boyle & Co, as well as Merseyside firm Carpenters Solicitors.
Pannone's managing partner Joy Kingsley said that the ULR scheme was one of the main purposes of the Johnson Yates merger. She added that it is one of the first schemes of its type.